Bus Makes Prescription Access Easier

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

October 11, 2005

The city of Charlottesville is making it easier for seniors for access prescription drugs. A new program is driving prices down.

A bus stopped in Charlottesville as part of a national tour to help anyone having trouble affording their prescription medicine.

"We're creating the awareness because the need is definitely there," said Rob Jones, of PPARx of Virginia.

The bus is equipped with trained personnel, telephones, and computers to help the uninsured find a prescription plan that's right for them.

"[There are] over 475 different programs; some are free, some are discounted, [but] somehow it's helping people access medicines cheaper than what they currently are," said Jones.

When they left the bus, each person had a free or discounted prescription in hand to take to their pharmacist which is something the City of Charlottesville and many other Virginians desperately need.

"A lot of times they go without. If you can't afford the medicine, a lot of time people just don't bother to get the prescription filled," said Joyce Martin with Charlottesville Social Services.

The ones who will benefit the most agree.

"We thought we'd get some help, you know, so we really enjoyed it," said Martin.

As of now, the bus has already moved on, but if you think you missed it and need help, you can call 1-888-4PPA 24-hours a day to sign up.

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